Masahiro Tanaka placed on the 15-day disabled list with a small strain in his right forearm

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was sent for an MRI on Tuesday morning after complaining of pain in his right wrist. The MRI showed no damage in his wrist — only some mild tendinitis — but it did reveal a small muscle strain in his right forearm, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Add that to the partially-torn UCL that Tanaka suffered last year.

Tanaka will be placed on the disabled list with no timetable to return to New York’s rotation. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday night that it will be at least a month, “conservatively.”

The 26-year-old right-hander from Osaka, Japan had registered a 3.22 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 24/7 K/BB ratio through his first 22 1/3 innings this season. He owns a stellar 2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 165/28 K/BB ratio in 158 2/3 career major league frames.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.